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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5209342 09/10/19 03:38 PM
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One solution that I've heard of is taking your dipstick to your local welding shop and having them sandblast the lower portion of the stick, from the Full mark on down. The matte finish then seems to make it easier to see the oil against the matte background.

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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5209696 09/10/19 10:50 PM
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I`m wondering to if the issues of oil not showing good on the dipstick is mostly because of the better full synthetic oil most people use today.


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Jimkobb] #5210428 09/11/19 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Jimkobb
I`m wondering to if the issues of oil not showing good on the dipstick is mostly because of the better full synthetic oil most people use today.
From a visibility standpoint, it doesn't help for the oil to be nearly colorless when new, or to be thin.


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Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5210800 09/12/19 09:28 AM
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Dump in a quart or two of used oil from a diesel at your next change, will be easy to read dipstick then

Re: Difficulty reading dipstick to accurately check oil level? [Re: Ed_Flecko] #5212088 09/13/19 09:17 PM
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A little trick a motorcycle mechanic taught me for hard to read dipsticks is a little white touch-up paint or nail polish on the crosshatched area of the dipstick to see the oil level to provide contrast against the used oil.

What I usually do if possible is to do a cold check before starting the engine to see if there's enough oil to safely start. Then do a "hot" check when you're getting gas after a minute of standing.

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